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Viking 1
Viking 1
8/1/08
NASA
 
Year 2008
Exploration Imagery
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Description S94-43206 (8 September 1994) --- The Mars Pathfinder landing site, Ares Vallis, is in the Chryse Planitia region in the northern hemisphere of Mars. It is near the site explored by the Viking 1 Lander in 1977. The landing ellipse, 100 kilometers by 200 kilometers (60 by 120 miles) is 850 kilometers (527 miles) southeast from the Viking site. In this mosaic, made from Viking orbiter data, north is up. The mosaic shows the large outflow channels that emptied into Chryse Planitia. Ares Vallis flowed to the northwest from the southeast across the landing site. The channel formed from the release of water from the Martian subsurface and flowed across the surface creating the channels and the large islands (just to the south and northeast of the landing ellipse). The landing site itself is a very smooth depositional surface where the flood waters deposited the sediments carved from the channeling event. Landing at this location should allow the analyses of a wide variety of rock types carried by the flood.
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